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USCCB, CRS: lobby Congress on Israeli-Palestinian peace

June 11, 2014

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services are urging Catholics to contact members of Congress about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

The text of a suggested message to representatives and senators states:

In light of His Holiness’ recent visit to the region and his joining in prayer for peace in the Holy Land with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican on Pentecost Sunday, it’s vitally important for the United States government to support and strengthen any efforts to bring about peace. We should use our country's considerable influence to work for a just peace in the region, one that allows Israel and Palestine to exist as two secure and independent states in which human dignity is protected, peoples are reconciled, and peace prevails.


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  • Posted by: Savonarola - Jun. 11, 2014 11:27 PM ET USA

    More verbal snow from the USCCB so the staff can seem busy. Just what does this statement add to the discussion?

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Jun. 11, 2014 10:55 PM ET USA

    We have spent too much time and effort on this. It is no less true because of how much of this effort has been devoted to telling Israel what it must do. The situation would have been resolved long ago if the Palestinians would have accepted their new reality in 1949, 1973, or even now.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jun. 11, 2014 9:24 AM ET USA

    This is fine till it hits the snag of suggesting a particular political "solution" to the problem, viz. the "two state" proposition. Everyone with some knowledge of the area knows this is quixotic talk that neither side will ever accept. All it offers Israel is just one more entity dedicated to its extermination. Why would anyone sane agree to such an arrangement? I will urge my representatives to have Kerry desist from his present effort entirely because it is mistaken.